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25 May 2012
01:43:35pm
I wanted to mention a book that I've found very helpful over the years (even today as a seasoned collector, I still refer to it for different things).

It is the "Standard Handbook of Stamp Collecting" by Richard McP. Cabeen. I know it's an old book (mine is the 1979 edition). It's a pretty thick book and covers an enormous amount of information. I don't know if there is an updated edition or if it's even still in print but if you have questions on Stamp Collecting, from the very basics to more intricate questions, you will most likely find your answer in this book.

If it's not still in print, you might be able to find it in used bookstores or online used bookstores such as the marketplace at Amazon or something of that sort.

Kelly
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15 Feb 2013
07:29:17pm
re: Book review: Standard Handbook of Stamp Collecting by R. Cabeen

Is this the cover of the book you are referring to Kelly? If so, I agree, it is a very informative book. I got mine some years ago. BTW - the one I bought was published in 1986, so, there might be a chance that a good online stamp book store still might have this in stock (?)

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15 Feb 2013
08:20:19pm
re: Book review: Standard Handbook of Stamp Collecting by R. Cabeen

I bought the book after Kelly recommended it. I, too, love it.

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15 Feb 2013
09:04:43pm
re: Book review: Standard Handbook of Stamp Collecting by R. Cabeen

While there are many excellent books that were written to help the collector with the hobby I want to recommend a set of three fairly slim volumes written by Ken Wood, ho as the editor of Western Stamp Collector, perhaps the best written and most informative weekly stamp newspaper during the post war years until its demise.

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The set consists of three volumes and is actually an encyclopedia of Philately. There are about 800 pages and my thirty plus year old set is somewhat shopworn from use.
It is, of course an alphabetical listing if almost very conceivable entry one might find on a stamp, discussed about stamps or wonder about the hobby.
Even if one has no immediate burning question aching for an answer it is often fun to just thumb through the pages and read entries at random as things catch ones eye.


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15 Feb 2013
10:27:33pm
re: Book review: Standard Handbook of Stamp Collecting by R. Cabeen

While we are on the topic of books, here is one that has a lot of postmarks and stories about a lot of them. It is kind of a semi reference - entertainment type of book.

Chimo

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15 Feb 2013
10:31:44pm
re: Book review: Standard Handbook of Stamp Collecting by R. Cabeen

Here is an old one that was published in 1932. I won it in an auction lot of several books about 15 - 20 years ago. I would think that the age of the book would make it a collectible by itself. While it is about 81 years old, there is still a lot of useful information in it.

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